Joey Boylan has spent the last 45 years either playing or coaching at DCU Saints, and this season, after concentrating on the juvenile section of the club for eight years, he returns to coach the Premier league side.
Last week it proved a tough baptism for Boylan, as Superleague champions Killester demolished the Saints, but the charismatic coach is confident his side can bounce back when they travel to Inchicore tomorrow to play Templeogue.
Boylan said: “We just couldn’t score against Killester and I will be looking for a major improvement against Templeogue.
“We have a young side and with Eoin Chubb only joining us from UCD Marian the week before the league began, I am sure we will gel in the coming months. ” he said.
“Although I have been involved with juveniles at club and international levels, my intention was always to get involved again in the Premier League.”
There is a double-header on Sunday at the National Arena, beginning with a clash between Dublin Inter and BFG Neptune.
It proved a good start for Dublin Inter last weekend when they defeated UCD Marian, and coach John Glennon is looking forward to his side’s match-up with the Leesiders.
“I was very impressed last weekend in the manner we finished the game, particularly as we had to come from 14 points down. Thankfully, we held out for a two-point win,” Glennon said.
“We defeated Neptune in the National Cup semi-final last season and I know they will be hurting from that loss, but I am confident we can produce another battling performance.”
CS UCC Demons demolished Neptune in last week’s Cork derby but Neptune coach Ger Noonan remains upbeat.
“We are in transition with a young side, so this is a good opportunity to get our season up and running.”
Killester against UCD Marian is the second game at national basketball headquarters in an interesting Dublin derby.
The Clontarf side, minus Michael Westbrooks and Kieran O’Brien, easily accounted for DCU Saints in their opening game, with veteran American Jermaine Turner chipping in with 28 points.
UCD Marian were shocked on their home court by Dublin Inter and coach Ioannis Liapakis is demanding an instant response from his team.
“We were cruising against Dublin Inter but suddenly took our foot off the gas and in the end were caught napping,” Ioannis said.
In the Women’s Premier League, Maxol WIT Wildcats are involved in an interesting home clash with Cork side Singletons Supervalu Brunell.
Wildcats got their campaign off to a winning start when defeating UL Huskies, while Brunell struggled at home to Team Montenotte.
Brunell coach Kieran O’Leary sees this as an opportunity to return to winning ways.
“We have got to be prepared for a dogfight and ensure we come away with maximum points,” said O’Leary.
UL Huskies will be tested again when they host Killester at UL Arena, with both teams looking for their first win.
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